Although originally from Australia, I studied for my undergraduate degree in Germany, after which I did my doctorate at the University of Manchester. From 2007-2011 I was at the University of Edinburgh, first as temporary lecturer, then as Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow. In 2012 I was project manager of the final phase of the EU project DressID: Clothing and Identities in the Roman Empire based at the Reiss-Engelhorn Museums in Mannheim, Germany. I joined Classical Studies at the Open University in October 2012.
My research looks mainly at dress in the Roman Empire - both Rome and the provinces - and the way that clothing and appearance was used to assert and negotiate cultural identities. I also have an interest in funerary art and epigraphy in general, as well as cultural theory and the way we interpret cultural interaction in the Roman provinces. A new monograph on the toga with Bloomsbury will be out later this year.
I am also interested in rural settlement in the Roman Near East, and recently finished an excavation project investigating the remains of a late Roman monastery on Tall Zira’a in north-western Jordan. I have also been involved in archaeological fieldwork in Italy, the Netherlands and Portugal.
I welcome enquiries from prospective PhD students who would like to work in any of the above areas.
My teaching experience is mainly in Roman history and archaeology, but have also taught Greek history and Classical art. At the Open University I have helped to write the Roman Empire course (A340) and the new MA in Classical Studies, and I am on the module teams for A863/A864 (the MA in Classical Studies) and the level 1 module A105: Voices, Texts and Material Culture. As Deputy Director of Research Degrees in the faculty, I help look after the faculty's PhD students.
I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).
I am a regular blogger and contributor to public fora, such as:
“Prince Philip may well be Caligula’s horse”: blog post, Rogueclassicism
“Exploring Roman dress”: video interview on Classics Confidential
I am also a regular advisor to programmes broadcast on the BBC and the German channels ARD and ZDF.
You can listen to a Radio 1 interview with me on the toga here (minutes 7.27-14.23).
I also run a Roman fashion show for schools - please contact me directly if you are interested in this for your school.
Visit my clinic website Doctor Toga for information and advice on Roman dress!
I have served as co-editor of the peer-reviewed journal Archaeological Textiles Review based at the University of Copenhagen.
I am involved in peer-reviewing project proposals for the European Commission and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft as well as a range of international journals and publishers.
I am currently involved in the Dutch project Anchoring Innovation and co-supervise one of the project's PhD students.
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